Bengaluru, Jan 4: Ahead of the home series against England, India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced today (January 4). He will be available for selection as a player.
The senior selection committee of the BCCI will pick the One Day International and Twenty20 International squads on Friday (January 6).
‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni has informed the BCCI, that he wishes to step down as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team from the One Day Internationals and the T20 Internationals formats of the game,’ BCCI’s Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri said in a media advisory on Wednesday evening (January 4).
He will be available for the selection for the Paytm One Day Trophy and Paytm T20I Trophy against England and the same has been conveyed to the Senior Selection Committee, Johri added.’On the behalf of every Indian cricket fan and the BCCI, I would like to thank MS Dhoni for his outstanding contribution as the captain of the Indian team across all formats. Under his leadership, Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket,’ Johri said.
Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all three International Cricket Council’s (ICC) global trophies – World Twenty20, World Cup and Champions Trophy.
One of the greatest captains in the limited overs format, Dhoni was under pressure to relinquish his position after the success of Virat Kohli in the Test format. Recently, India thrashed England 4-0 in the five-Test rubber under Kohli’s captaincy.
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